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James J. Gross received his B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Professor of Psychology at Stanford and Director of the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory. His research focuses on emotion and emotion regulation, and this research employs both experimental and individual-difference methods. His teaching includes introductory psychology as well as advanced seminars on emotion and emotion regulation. He is Director of the Psychology One Program, and supervises students at undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. email website


Ashish is a research staff member on a psychophysiology study examining the relationship between emotional dysregulation, sleep quality, and sleep bruxism. Ashish completed his B.A. in Psychology at San Francisco State University. During his undergraduate degree, Ashish conducted research on contextual drivers and consequences associated with different emotion regulation strategy choices. In his research, he has used behavioral measures, EMA, and computational modeling. 

Bee provides all administrative support to Profs Gross, Walton, Goodman and Thomas.  This also includes students and research groups in the areas of travel and human subject reimbursements, payments of invoices, verification of PCard and Travel card transactions.  She also handles domestic and foreign  travel arrangements and in-charge of ordering supplies in the area.  She process Visiting Student Researcher and Visiting Scholar paper works.

Bee has been with Stanford for 28 years,  from Department of Urology to Medicine and Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. When she is off from work, she loves to watch various concerts around the Bay Area.  She loves dogs and will stop, pet or sometimes talk to dogs that walk around campus. email

Brittany has been a member of the lab since October 2017, when she started as a volunteer research assistant. She became research staff in March 2018, and serves as the research coordinator for an NIH funded project which explores the connection between sleep, sleep bruxism, and emotional regulation using physiological and behavioral measurements. She works under the mentorship of Sylvia Kreibig and James Gross to help manage, supervise, and train the research assistant team. Her other research interests include exploring the effects of individual and collective trauma on decision making, and cognitive modeling—things she intends to explore further in her career development. She studied Cognitive Neuroscience and minored in Hispanic Studies/ Spanish language at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Hannah received her B.S. from the University of Illinois in May of 2019 with a double major in Psychology and Communication and is interested in computational social science research. She has worked with the lab as a volunteer research assistant at SPL at various times over the past two years and is the current Lab Manager of SPL. email

Julia graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2015 with a B.A., majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience. She joined the lab in 2016 as a full-time volunteer research assistant and she is currently the Lab Manager of SPL and supports two projects in the lab. One project is investigating emotion regulation in women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and their treatment decisions, and the other is exploring the relationship between sleep and well-being email

Sylvia Kreibig, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with a focus on Affective Sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland under the direction of Drs. Klaus Scherer and Guido Gendolla and completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University under the mentorship of Dr. James Gross. The overarching aim of her research is to better understand how emotions impact mental and physical health and how emotion regulation can be used to improve our health. Core facets of her research address the role of appraisals in generating and differentiating emotions and the use of cognitive reappraisal for regulating emotions. Sylvia uses psychophysiological and neuroimaging methods in her research. Sylvia has most recently become interested in exploring the role of emotion dysregulation (during wake time) in disorders expressed during sleep. email website

Postdoctoral Fellows

Anat Talmon is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. She finished her Ph.D. in Social Work from Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Prof. Karni Ginzburg. Her research focuses on the long-term implications of childhood maltreatment on both adult survivors’ body and mind. Specifically, she studies self-objectification and disrupted body identity among survivors of childhood maltreatment, and its detrimental effects on the survivors’ adjustment in general, and during specific phases of the life cycle, such as the transition to motherhood and aging. She received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Haruv Institute aimed to examine sleep disorders in the shadow of childhood maltreatment. email

Craig primarily studies the brain's in-vivo functional connectivity, but has experience with [1] FSL and AFNI-based general linear modeling, [2] Bayesian statistics, [3] structural equation modeling, [4] seed-based connectivity analyses, [5] independent component analyses, [6] principal components and factor analyses [7] graph theoretical models, as well as [8] classification and prediction models. Craig earned his doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota in 2014 and his research primarily explored connectivity models in clinical and cognitive neuroscience. Craig is currently using his expertise to build up SPL’s technical infrastructure, and to assist with analyses of the neural processes underlying emotional regulation. He is also leading the development, implementation and ongoing operations of several new imaging projects with various collaborators. email

Jamie is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. She completed her doctorate (Dr. phil.) in Psychology at the University of Munich, Germany. Jamie is interested in the role emotions play in achievement contexts. Her research focuses on teachers’ experiences of discrete emotions and how they regulate the expression of these emotions, with a specific focus on up-regulating expressions of enthusiasm and the influence teachers’ emotions have on students’ self-beliefs, motivation, and achievement. email

Jennifer joined the lab in 2016 upon completing her PhD at Vanderbilt University. In her graduate work, she developed expertise in appraisal theories of emotion. As a postdoc, she uses behavior, psychophysiology, and intracranial electrophysiology to study the relationships between appraisal, emotion generation, and emotion

Lameese is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis under the mentorship of Dr. Tammy English. She uses survey, experience sampling, and experimental methods to examine the factors that predict how people regulate their emotions and how emotion regulation’s affective and social consequences vary across persons and contexts. She received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation to extend her work to a more applied domain, cancer caregiving, where she is examining the impact of caregiver emotion regulation on caregiver and patient health. email

Graduate Students

Jinxiao is a first-year graduate student in the Psychology Department. His research interest generally lies in how the "emotion system" and the "cognition system" interplay with each other. Specifically, he is interested in how cognitive control can modulate emotion processes as well as how emotion can affect cognitive processes. He is also interested in how the emotion-cognition interaction relates to psychological health. He uses neuroimaging, physiological, eye-tracking, and behavioral methods to investigate these research questions. In his recent work, he studies how sleep influences emotion regulation and other emotional processes. He is a big fan of interdisciplinary research (psychological, biochemical, and computational) and open science website

Amit Goldenberg is a graduate student in the Psychology Department at Stanford University. His research is focused on understanding the unfolding and regulation of the emotional processes that shape group behavior. One line of his work examines the regulation of emotions in groups. A second is focused on emotional dynamics between group members and the regulation of such dynamics. A third pays specific attention to emotional dynamics on social media. To examine these three lines of work, Amit employs a multi-method approach that integrates behavioral experiments, big-data analysis, and computational modeling. email website

Daniel is a fifth-year graduate student in the Psychology Department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Psychology and English and completed part of his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan. His interests include using neurophysiology (EEG), other process measures (computational mouse-tracking), and behavioral research to examine the relationship between self-control, executive function, emotion, and emotion regulation in an effort to better understand the basic neural and psychological processes underlying these phenomena. Current work also designing interventions to improve self-control. Send him an email to hear more about his work or if you are interested in getting involved with his research team, the Self-Control Research Group (SCRG). email

Maia ten Brink is a third year Psychology graduate student in the Affective Science area mentored by James Gross and Rachel Manber. She uses polysomnography, actigraphy, EEG, psychophysiology, fMRI, and behavioral methods to study how sleep and fatigue interact with emotional and cognitive processes in adults and teenagers. She is interested in understanding subjective experiences of sleep and fatigue; developmental changes in affect regulation; brain and physiological mechanisms impacting overnight changes in affect; and the neural processes underlying sleep symptoms across multiple forms of psychopathology. Send an email to hear more about her research or if you are interested in getting involved in sleep and emotion research as part of her team. email website


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